Splits Yoga Pose, Benefits, Positions Splits

Hanumanasana Begin in runner’s lunge. Slowly walk front leg out in front, maintaining muscular energy. Benefits Tones leg muscles. Good for sciatica. Splits What it looks like A cheerleader, a monkey, a road runner, a ballerina.

Upward Boat Pose, Posture, Benefits

Urdva Navasana Lying on stomach with both arms extended out front, arch back and lift off arms and legs from ground. Extend out through hands and feet. Benefits Good for the back. Tones the abdominal organs. What it looks like A magic carpet, a flying fish, a boat, Superman, Superwoman.

Tree Pose Asana, Yoga Benefits, Meaning, Variations, Vriksha-asana

Vrksasana Begin in mountain pose. Put weight onto left leg and then lift right foot to the left thigh, toes pointing downwards. Balancing, lift arms up over Table Position head, palms together. Flower the tree by opening the hands and bring arms down to the sides again. Switch sides. Benefits Develops balance and concentration, and tones the leg muscles. Tree Pose What it looks like A tree, a rocket ship.

Hero Pose Yoga for Ankle Pain, Knee Pain, Virasana, Benefits

Virasana and Supta Virasana Begin by kneeling. Bring legs and feet slightly out to the side of the leg, toes pointing straight back, then gently sit back as far as comfortable. Make ankles and toes active. Benefits Removes fatigue. Stretches quads and thighs. Relieves stomach problems. Calms the mind. Encourages deep Hero Pose breathing and a rested heart. Good for the knees. Opens the chest. What it looks like Somebody who is tired and wants to take a nap, a frog king, a smiling fish, a heart.

Dance Pose Yoga, Posture, Exercises

Natarajasana Begin standing on one leg and bring knee to hands. Bring right hand to hold right big toe. Then arch back and tuck tailbone. Press foot into hand. Extend left hand out and bow forward, balance. Reverse sides. Extended Legs Pose Windmill Feather Dancer Pose Benefits Strengthens leg muscles. Develops poise. Stretches the shoulders and expands the chest. Benefits the spine. What it looks like A dancer, a tea pot, a lightening bolt, a hunter, a gazelle.

Mountain Pose Yoga Benefits, Description, Tadasana

Tadasana Stand with feet fist–width apart. Weight evenly distributed through all four corners of the feet. Muscles of the ankles, calves, knees and thighs engaged and hugging the bones. Inner thighs are back, tailbone tucked. Shoulders are on the back, hands pointed down. Feel the energy from the earth and feet drawing up into the core and extending out through the hands and head and feet. Benefits Naturally aligns the entire body. Spinal alignment. Teaches proper standing. Develops concentration. Makes back strong. Relaxing. Lotus Pose Mountain Pose What it looks … Continue reading

Seated Forward Bend Yoga Poses, Paschimottanasana, Benefits, Pregnancy, Contraindications

Paschimotanasana Sit on floor with legs extended. Activate legs and inner thighs. Bow forward and touch toes. Seated Forward Bend Seated Twist Benefits Tones the abdominal organs, kidneys and is good for the spine. Lengthens hamstrings. What it looks like A flower getting ready to bloom, a shy animal.  

Lion Pose Yoga Benefits, Exercise, Asana

Simhasana Reclining Hero Pose Start in child’s pose, balasana, with arms and hands extended. Then press forward and let face go wild. Squish it up. Roar like a lion! Lion Pose Benefits Good for the speech and stammers. Releases tension in the face, jaw and body. Revives expression. What it looks like A lion, an alien, monsters, giant squids, dragons, witches.